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    • Dan S,
    • 28.12.09 | 14:34 (IST)

    of the 16,200, at least 50% are not Jewish (e.g. 70%+ of those coming under the Law of Return from the ex-USSR are not Jews). Even these numbers are up only because the economic situation is bad at home - i.e. push factors is increasing Aliyah, not pull factors. Take into account also that some 50% at least of the Western Olim will leave sometime in the next 5 years, and that we have also had some 6,000 illegal immigrants arriving from Africa through Sinai in the same time - all of these are here to stay. Yerida stats are vague, but a good estimate is between 20 to 30,000 a year.

    from the article: Immigration to Israel hits 16,244, highest jump in 10 years
    First published 01:13 28.12.09 | Last updated 02:50 28.12.09
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